CC-BY Loren Kerns

SEG-Y sucks! Or does it?

Many a times I have been cursing, when I got a new seismic file. Be it a 2D line, 3D cubes or pre-stack data, the standard is seldomly adhered to by most companies. The Standard SEGY as defined by the standard is now in revision 2. Most standards will likely be rev1 in these days. […]

Culture Neutral - CC-BY Karl-Ludwig Poggemann

Data Is Not Neutral

  I like data driven processes. You’ve seen me drum on about CRS and Full-Waveform Inversion. Sometimes we like to pretend that data is pure. Well , it’s noisy and full of kinks but if we process it just right, we extract the truth. Turns out that is a little bit wrong. The data collection […]

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Steal my CV!

Recently, I have updated my CV. Problem is, when I see the MS Word templates for resumes and CVs, I repulse. Few things scream 80s as much as these do. Now, let me get one thing out of the way, I have had feedback that some recruiters may prefer the 80s style. They’re used to […]

Mid Oceanic Ridge

Geophysical Assumptions

If you assume you make an ASS of yoU and ME. That may be true in personal connections, but assumptions are necessary in physics. Particularly, geophysics needs all the assumptions it can get. The subsurface isn’t exactly nice, giving us data. We can only look from one side (mostly). The Earth itself filters our signal, […]

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Uncertainty in Geoscience – Bayes and Expert opinions

In geoscience we’re not all that great with uncertainty. Since everything is uncertain, calculating the error margins in geoscience itself is often neglected. However, a geologist is perfectly suited to understand Bayes theorem, a little tool that statisticians swoon over. I haven’t been on too many field trips, however, most of the time it would […]

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Making Full-Waveform Inversion Uncool again

You know what’s hype? Full-waveform inversion. If you’re in geophysics specifically involved in some sort of inversion, you want to be doing FWI. It’s what the cool kids do. You know what’s the problem? Cool kids really like to be an exclusive club. The same thing is happening in Machine Learning and Deep Learning. Fast.ai […]

Noise CC-BY Kevin Dooley

What’s with the noise?

We often only look at reflection data in a stack. But, along the way a lot of “noise” has been processed out of the seismic data to chisel out the “signal”. It’s all about signal against noise. However, one person’s noise may just be another person’s signal. Let me elaborate. If you’ve been around during […]

Dipping your Toes – Machine Learning for Geoscientists

My fellow students know this and I hope recruiters will never read this: I was never good at math in university. It was only later when it came to the application in actual geophysical problems that tensors, linear algebra, and differential equations clicked. Personally, I don’t recommend this, as it makes life unnecessarily hard. Machine […]

Challenges in Machine Learning

Geoscience and Machine Learning – EAGE 2017 Workshop

Is it data science? Machine learning? Big Data? Deep learning? Fancy math? Or just chalked up statistics with enough data? This Monday marked the start of the EAGE 2017 in Paris for me. If you have read this blog or the EAGE Student Newsletter before, you may have seen that I am some sort of […]